California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

District 5 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties
Jim Shivers or Colin Jones
(805) 549-3237 or 549-3189

May 19, 2010


San Luis Obispo County – Caltrans today announced that work has begun on a $41.2 million project that will resurface 11 miles of U.S. Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County. This project is financed primarily ($37.2 million) by President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The remaining funding is being provided by the State Highway Operation and Protection Program.

“My Administration is working hand-in-hand with President Obama's team to ensure stimulus dollars are pumped into California quickly and responsibly to stimulate the economy and in this instance - invest in the future of the California’s transportation infrastructure,” said Governor Schwarzenegger.

On average, more than 40,000 vehicles daily travel the section of Highway 101 that will be resurfaced with new pavement expected to last 20 years. In addition to repaving the highway between Santa Margarita and Atascadero, Caltrans will widen bridges at Santa Margarita Creek, Atascadero Creek and Traffic Way and resurface the on and off-ramps at Santa Margarita, San Diego Road, Santa Rosa Road, Curbaril Avenue, Highway 41 and Traffic Way.  Papich Construction of Pismo Beach is the primary contractor for the project.  The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2012.

“With the help of Recovery Act funds, we are able to repair highways in the Central Coast and in every region of California and provide a smooth, safe commute for motorists,” said Caltrans Chief Deputy Director Cindy McKim.

“This project will ensure that our employees will continue to have jobs, which will help to stimulate the economy,” said Jason Papich, President of Papich Construction of Pismo Beach.   “This project will also improve conditions for the many commuters and tourists who use Highway 101 on a daily basis.”

Under Governor Schwarzenegger’s leadership, California has obligated $2.52 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to 930 highway local street and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: